Joe Biden will send an observer to the CELAC summit in Buenos Aires
Christopher Dodd will meet with Alberto Fernández and other leaders present at the meeting
Former Senator Christopher Dodd has extensive experience in Latin American affairs (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic )
The White House announced this Monday that it will send Special Advisor to President Joe Biden for the Americas, Christopher Dodd, as an observer to the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to be held this Tuesday in Buenos Aires.
“Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas, Christopher J. Dodd, will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 23-25, to attend the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States as an observer on behalf of President Joseph R. Biden,” the White House reported in an official statement. “Dodd will meet with several Heads of State and cabinet-level officials attending the summit, as well as the host, President Alberto Fernández of Argentina. This visit reflects the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to engage with our neighbors as we work together to foster inclusive economic growth, address shared challenges, and promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in our hemisphere. Consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to relevant regional mechanisms on these critical objectives, the US government reaffirms the value of strengthening regional collaboration through the Organization of American States, the primary multilateral forum. in the Western Hemisphere.”
The CELAC summit, of which President Alberto Fernández exercises the rotating presidency, generates controversy in Argentina due to the invitation to the dictators of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Although Daniel Ortega will not travel, Miguel Díaz-Canel and Nicolás Maduro will, with multiple complaints of human rights violations, a process underway in the International Penal Court and an arrest warrant from the United States for their links to drug trafficking.
For fear of being arrested, Maduro almost did not leave Venezuela. It only does so to destinations that guarantee total immunity, as would be the case of Argentina.
For last year's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, the White House decided not to invite Maduro, Ortega and Diaz-Canel. The Argentine president was the one who represented the absentees and raised a claim in his speech. Furthermore, he anticipated that he would invite Biden to the CELAC summit. He did so a few months later.
Biden finally decided to send Dodd, who was appointed special advisor for the Americas to the US president last November.
Dodd was a senator from Connecticur for three decades and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee for the Americas.
“During his decades of career dedicated to public service, beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and through his time at the Foreign Relations the Western Hemisphere Senate, Senator Dodd has built the trust of many of our partners in the Western Hemisphere”, highlighted the statement from the State Department after his appointment.
In Buenos Aires, Dodd hopes to meet with some of the heads of state who will be present at the meeting and closely follow the Summit talks before reporting back to his boss in Washington.
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